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Muscles targeted by swimming? [on hold]

I know it's cardio. But I still would like to know the muscles built by swimming. Which muscles are targeted by swimming?
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Running with a bruised knee

I'm signed up for a 5k on Sunday. It's for fun, and I'm not worried about getting a great time, but I'd like to make the best showing that I can. The catch is that yesterday, I took a tumble over a ...
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Is it possible for muscles to shrink after a workout?

I've just started a HIIT training routine and after two workouts my arms (triceps & biceps) grew 1/4 inch. I went to the gym this morning and after I got home 12 hours later measured my arms and ...
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34 views

Getting muscular hamstrings?

I would like to get my hamstrings more bulk. My quads and calves are ripped, but I feel like my hamstrings aren't as strong as them, or at least don't look as strong. I can leg curl 160 pounds though ...
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160 views

Are situps actually harmful?

I have seen several references to situps being harmful due to "high compressive lumbar load" and recommending crunches. When researching where the quote came from, it looks like every reference quotes ...
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1answer
160 views

Home workouts or gym? Which one is better for adding muscles?

I have a shoulder injury and after healing I'm going to start my workout again. I've been working for some time and I'm not much beginner. Also, I'm on fit, not fat, and I'd like to add weight and ...
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1answer
62 views

Endurance activities and carbohydrates: when are they needed

Generally, I keep my carbohydrates low, less than 100 grams a day if I can. I do a fair amount of running and strength training. I participate in regional amateur competitions for the same. I'll be ...
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23 views

Minimum amount of calories while preventing muscle catabolism?

I got a few pounds to shed and I've been considering a lot of different types of diet, but all of them say that no matter how low your calorie intake is, maintaining a large protein intake is crucial ...
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Should I consult a doctor before start drinking protein shakes?

I have never drank any protein shakes in my life. I've been going for about a year in the gym (3-4 times per week) and I am thinking about starting to drink a protein shake after my workout. I'm an ...
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1answer
26 views

does garmin connect and the forerunner 920xt offer triathlon plans

Note according to the help center, this is a specific question about "gear and gadgets used during exercise" and NOT a recommendation question. I want to know if the Garmin forerunner 920xt sports ...
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1answer
315 views

Are maximalist shoes like Hoka good for running?

When I was running with low shoes (close to barefoot), I was getting a lot of injuries in my feet, but these injuries were minor; after just 3 days of recovering, my feet were much stronger. After a ...
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2answers
101 views

How much running is enough?

I am currently trying to establish a schedule of running 3 times a week, for 4km. This is done in the mornings, just as I wake up and before having any breakfast or coffee, just a small cup of water - ...
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119 views

How come females with less testosterone can be stronger than males with more?

I have seen some pretty damn strong natural females who can lift more than me and lots of other males. The interesting part is that people are always associating testosterone with strength in some way ...
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72 views

Yoga & Weight-Loss

Yoga is known to improve the flexibility of human body, and also improves muscle tone. But does it actually helps in weight-loss?
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171 views

How do I find a physically intensive activity without triggering negative thought patterns?

I have avoided most forms of exercise nearly my whole life, including sports. I try to get myself to go for a jog but it just stirs up all sorts of negative thoughts (all kinds of anger and cynicism ...
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1answer
38 views

Squatting/Deadlifting - Form when adding weight

OK, so, the gym I go to has standard weight plates, from 5KG to 25KG going up in 5KG increments...the other day, I was front squatting, I wanted to go up a little, but realised I can't go up in 1KG ...
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1answer
125 views

Are there benefits of working out slowly?

I'm working out at a nearby gym. I noticed that most of the people in there are avid to lift more weight but as they don't have the needed strength, they do it faster than they could do with less ...
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121 views

Bulking up a (relatively) small chest

Compared to my shoulders and arms (and even my abs), my chest is virtually non-existent. For as long as I can remember I've always had pretty muscular arms & shoulders (most likely down to ...
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74 views

How to get back that satisfying chest burn?

I can shock the chest muscles with supersets and hitting different angles using cables, weights and push-ups in supersets, but I can't make it burn anymore during the workout. I do varying inclines ...
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3answers
880 views

Can Starting Strength be done by women realistically?

Can Starting Strength be done by women? I'm following everything correctly except for the bulking (for obvious reasons). 10 lb weight increases happen every few weeks (as opposed to every few days). ...
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1answer
25 views

How long to chest press 250 if currently at 205 [on hold]

How much longer will it take to max chest press out to 250 pounds if currently at 205?
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232 views

How to reduce muscle mass in lower body?

My legs are disproportionately large, and this has been the case since my childhood due to genetics. This is what is known as the t-rex (opposite of chicken legs). Is there a way I can keep training, ...
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2answers
72 views

training without using wrist

I broke my wrist when I was a kid. I do body building but my wrist gets painful from time to time. I am looking for alternative workout plans without using my wrist, so I could give my wrist a rest ...
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BMR VS muscle weight? [closed]

Jim has 50kg of muscle. Lee has 25kg of muscle. They both are 100kg, 20yo, male, eat 2000cal every day, consume same things, do the same things, live in the same place. Basically only difference is ...
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1answer
27 views

Should I take creatine or other suppliments as part of my cardio-boxing workout routine?

So I am a 37 year old software dude who's trying to get/stay in shape. In the past, I've done a lot of what I'd call "crossfit-light" type exercise. Mainly bodyweight squats, lunges, pushups, yoga, ...
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2answers
99 views

Is 2-hour cardio healthy?

I would like to try doing 2 hour cardio everyday for a week. Maybe 3 hour if I can. I was wondering if there would be any side effects? My goal is to increase calory deficit to 2000-3000 daily. My ...
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2answers
110 views

Boxing workout for losing fat?

I started working out at the gym today. I'm 25 year old, 173cm, 78kg. I'm overweight and I need to lose weight. I'm doing one hour of cardio and I lift weights as well. In the gym there is a boxing ...
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1answer
70 views

Minimum exercise to maintain muscles?

After a year of strength training and cardios, I'm fit and well built. Starting next year I'll be very busy due to work and family and I won't have time to properly exercise. But I don't want to lsoe ...
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1answer
83 views

Work out 5 times a week, out of breath

So I exercise 5 times a week by lifting weights as well as 30 mins of cardio and some stretching every day. I still find myself running out of breath when walking uphill during my daily commute, for ...
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1answer
70 views

Does slowly increasing calories mean lean gains?

Have there ever been any academic studies on how slowly increasing calories vs quickly increasing calories effects muscle gain and body fat for people who weight train / body build? By slowly ...
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2k views

Push-ups at the office, more often or more at once?

As part of my health office routine I have added incline push-ups (feet on floor, hands on desk) to my daily schedule. Currently I am easily doing 25 every two hours. I don't have a real desire put ...
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1answer
33 views

Is daily intake of BMR*0.5 healthy?

My BMR is 1800cal and I'm trying to lose weight. Is eating 900cal a day healthy for me? I have a desk job and I'll be doing 1 hour cardio per day. So roughly I burn about 1000 extra calory in ...
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1answer
32 views

What happens if I stop exercising?

Let's say after a year of strength training and cardios, I'm fit and well built. For some reason, I stop exercising at all and maintain a random diet that is consistent with my daily calory burn. ...
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2answers
87 views

Approx. how many calories can I figure I burn per mile?

I walk, on average, a 15 minute mile and on flat terrain. I weight 150 lbs and I'm about 5' 7" with a medium build. I'm trying to manage my overall health and want to ensure my exercise is balancing ...
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69 views

What's a good strength training program for a beginner? [duplicate]

What are some good strength training options for someone just starting out? Specifically related to building a solid foundation of strength across all major muscle groups.
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22 views

How to increase height effectively? [duplicate]

As titled. I am 21 years old now. I want to increase my height effectively. I usually drink a milk, stretch up my body into wall, jump my body a week. I don't know it can be effective way to increase ...
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2answers
175 views

I am out of shape, what exercises should I use for a brief calisthenic workout in the morning?

Following on this question, I want to "design" a brief calisthenic workout, within my capabilities and possible to follow, to be done in the morning (let's say before the rest of the family wakes up). ...
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0answers
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Switching from elliptical machine to running on road

I've been recovering from a knee injury for the past few months that I got playing football (soccer). Initially, when my knee was too sore to run properly, I started using the elliptical machine to ...
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1answer
24 views

Strength training and BMR correlation?

Is there an observed or measured correlation between BMR and strength training? (Maybe in a form of x-y graph) Or muscle weight VS BMR would be useful as well. I'm not even a beginner at strength ...
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1answer
51 views

Efficacy of stretch exercises

I am a 6'2 (33 yr old male), weighing at 233 lbs. I have the following ailments: Vitiligo - Due to which doctors advised me not to do any heavy lifting or weights or dumb bells as heavy stretching ...
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1answer
58 views

I'm unable to run because of flat feet. Is there anyway for me to run?

I've never run in my life more than 300 meters because muscles below my knee swell and my feet and ankle hurts. Most of the muscle below my knee stiffen. When that happens, it hurts to walk and it is ...
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123 views

Does holding weights allow you to run faster?

I'm not talking about training with weights so that when you run without them you're muscles are used to pushing more weight so with less weight it'll be easier, I'm talking about while actually ...
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1answer
50 views

How accurate is the saying that fat loss occurs first in the place it was put on last, and vice versa?

I've heard that you lose fat in the areas it was last gained. Similarly, the last place you'll lose it is the area you first put on the weight. What is the reason behind this mechanism?
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2k views

Does Fitbit Flex Count Indoor Rowing Machine Strokes

I am thinking of purchasing a Fitbit Flex. I have an indoor rowing machine which is my main form of exercise other than walking. I can't do much else because of injuries. I wondered if my rowing ...
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2answers
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How to harden muscles?

Specifically, harden. To elaborate: I weight 130; my friend weighs 200. He's very muscular. But I'm strong for my weight-- we both do one arm bicep curls at 40 pounds. I have no trouble with ...
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1answer
143 views

What workout regimen is appropriate for the recently malnourished?

Background: For past 3 years my weight was 55-58kgs. 3 years ago, I was able to do 25+ pushups w/o break, 10 pull ups (from dead hang to chest over bar), 10 dips. For past three years I survived on ...
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2answers
2k views

Joint impact of ATG Squats

Various weightlifting and exercise resources either claim that ATG squats (a**-to-ground, i.e. as low as you can) are perfectly fine or claim they will destroy your knees in two sessions. I was ...
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1answer
105 views

Target the same muscles twice in a day?

Would working the same muscle group - twice in the same day - cause worthwhile extra muscle fiber tearing to later gain mass? Or is this not worthwhile (the extra tearing is only marginal) given the ...
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2answers
127 views

Is there any truth to the maxim “cardio kills gains”?

I have been meaning to ask this question for a while, and I hope that it's within the scope of this site's FAQ. For about half a year or so, I've been going to the gym approximately 5 times a week, ...
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Glucose tablets before weightlifting?

Before my heavy weight training I take creatine an hour before, and eat a banana 30 minutes before. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to have a glucose tablet right before (or during) the ...

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